100 graduates to get ICT certification in new SAP programme

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100 graduates to get ICT certification in new SAP programme

Global business software giant, SAP in partnership with the Kenya ICT Board and the MMU has embarked on a pioneering initiative called the SAP Skills for Africa partnership programme, which is aimed at boosting the country’s ICTskills capacity.  This announcement was made today at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

According to the CEO of SAP Africa, Pfungwa Serima: “The SAP Skills for Africa programme commits to deliver professional training and provide official ICT certification to 100 Kenyan university graduates over a twelve-month period. The programme seeks to substantially improve the employability of young, bright minded university graduates that come from underprivileged backgrounds. This is in line with the Kenyan government’s mandate to promote digital inclusion, to forge Kenya as an ICT hub for Africa whilst driving ICT skills development and this resonates strongly with our corporate social responsibility policy of supporting education and entrepreneurship.”

SAP says in a statement that its Skills for Africa programme aims to ensure that each and every university graduate on the programme is equipped with the skills necessary to enter the job market and not only gain economic stability and prosperity but also be able to plough back into the SAP ecosystem.

“The SAP partnership is key in equipping our young professionals with high end ICT skills that are on demand in the Kenya and the wider East African Market’ said Kenya ICT Board CEO, Paul Kukubo.  He added that “This effort provides a much needed skill set for graduates who would otherwise not have had the privilege to be exposed to this specific set of world class skills.”

Delivery of this programme includes providing certified instructors, training material, and case studies. As part of the investment SAP has agreed to waive any costs related to the programme for the students, which also includes significant financial investment.

Modules of study for this period will be focused on best business practices and SAP skills in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, sales and distribution, procurement, human capital management, database and technology, system administration and also around business reporting.

Andrew Waititu, Managing Director of SAP East Africa, said: “SAP, as a global information technology leader, recognises and embraces its commitment to the communities in which we operate.  We believe the private sector plays a vital role in creating a level playing field, driving innovation and building an environment that enhances education and entrepreneurship to foster economic growth. As such, we must work collaboratively to find solutions that help underserved youth and emerging entrepreneurs who have the necessary skills to succeed in the global economy.” 

Waititu added: “By working proactively with government bodies, and also with SAP customers and partners, we have taken the lead to deliver this special programme in order to provide opportunity for students to receive additional practical skills, as well as business and system knowledge, which will help them to be better equipped in today’s job marketplace, thereby increasing their possibility to be employed.”

The programme builds upon the knowledge students gained during their university studies, and provides them with hands-on practical experience in working with the world’s leading business software applications company. Being educated on SAP software not only provides valuable skills on how to use the software, but it also teaches participants best business practices and processes, which will greatly benefit the graduates as well as the future organisations in which they will be employed.

SAP is committed to ensure that upon the graduation from this programme, students also receive a chance to put the acquired knowledge into practical use in the real work environment. For this purpose SAP has started to work with its customers and partners to ensure that all graduates on the programme receive internships for the graduates, which will further solidify their acquired knowledge during the course of the programme.

The Kenya ICT Board’s mandate and objectives are based on advising the Kenyan government on all relevant matters pertaining to the development and promotion of ICT industries in the country. In addition, the Kenya ICT Board provides government and other stakeholders with skills, capacity and funding for ICT projects in order to rapidly and innovatively transform Kenya through promotion of ICT for socio-economic development.

 



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